The Edmonton Oilers defeated their Pacific division rivals the Vegas Golden Cavaliers by a narrow margin of 3-2. This is the Oilers’ second victory over the Golden Cavaliers this season, and it is also the first time that the injury script in the conference has been reversed. Earlier this season, the Oilers defeated the injury-stricken Golden Cavaliers, and this time, the Oilers lost their cannon, and there is still no Darnell Nurse, Dunken Keith and Slater Kocock. As a backend.
Despite the lack of manpower on the blue line, the Oilers won a big victory with the three unscored goals they scored in the first half. The overall performance of the team this season continues to be in good condition, and after the defensive player was seriously injured, some young blue line players played. Mikko Koskinen also shines in the victory Other players stepped out of the trough and added points on the board. This victory helped the Oilers widen the gap with the Golden Cavaliers in the division, as the team continued to accumulate victories and bank points in the standings.
Broberg continues to play a bigger role
Although their blue line suffered heavy losses, one of the main reasons the Oilers were still able to win was the appearance of their young guards. Since being recalled by the American Hockey League, Philip Broberg’s role has greatly increased and he is taking full advantage of his opportunities. In four games with the Oilers, he witnessed an increase in ice time from 14 minutes and 24 seconds to a career-high 23 minutes and 34 seconds against the Golden Cavaliers.
Broberg is an exclusive partner with rookie Cody Ceci and currently serves as the team’s lockout partner in the game. This is a bit shocking, because Broberg is known for his offensive ability, but he has demonstrated his strong defensive ability on the biggest stage of hockey.
He is popular in the book by head coach Dave Tippett, and from the way he is deployed, he seems to believe that he is a consistent and responsible defender. Broberg’s strong play has led to a reduction in Evan Bouchard’s playing time, and he is also in a breakthrough season. For a player who had a few question marks before entering the 2021-22 season, he proved why the Oilers made no mistake when they selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft.
McDavid and Draisaitl think it is meaningless
Take a picture of the summary of the game, because the Oilers can win a game without the help of two superstar forwards. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl both entered the game as two of the NHL’s top three scorers, but failed to score a point in the team’s victory.
This is the second consecutive game. The two are paired on a line, which makes the statistical line even more shocking. It’s great to see the Oilers score deep points and win without the contributions of their two best players.
McDavid and Draisaitl played 22:01 and 22:00 minutes respectively. Their total number of shots is 3, which is significantly less than their 14 shots in the last game against the Arizona Coyotes. The Golden Cavaliers made McDavid’s life difficult. He looked frustrated in this game and was hit after being hit by Jonathan Marcheso. Although the Golden Cavaliers bravely excluded the league’s top scorer from the scoring list, the Oilers emerged triumphantly. It is not surprising to see Tipitt separate the two in the next game, or to see them both rebound and record multiple points to make up for this goose egg.
A pair of oilers ends a goalless drought
Since McDavid and Draisaitl are not on the scoring list, other players need to stand up and contribute, both Zach Hyman Jesse Puljujarvi did just that. After being relegated from the team’s top line to the team’s second line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kailer Yamamoto recently, Hyman found himself breaking the scoring sluggish situation and completing the Oilers’ second goal of the game. ball.
Heyman had a hot start to his first season. In his first 12 games, the Oilers scored 8 goals. Tonight’s goals broke the seven goalless drought for him, which is a welcome sign for a team that prioritizes scoring depth during the offseason.
Purrujarvi In this game, he also broke his scoreless slip, scored the team’s third goal, and made a breakthrough in the second quarter. Along with Hyman, Puljujarvi started the season with McDavid on the team’s top line, but due to his lack of offensive ability in the past few games, he played on the team’s third line tonight. He scored 6 goals in the first 11 games, a strong start, and tonight’s goals ended an eight pointless drought.
The Oilers will continue to welcome the deep points they scored in this game, and the more goals they can get from players who are not McDavid and Dresettel, the better. Although Puljujarvi and Hyman are both effective players, even if they do not appear on the scoring list, if the Oilers want to continue to succeed this season, their offensive ability will be crucial.
Oiler keeps rolling
Koskinen, who has served as a substitute for Stewart Skinner in the past few games, made the start in this game and looked great, blocking 36 of the 38 shots he faced. He let the Oilers participate in the game early In the game, some high-quality scoring opportunities were prevented, allowing his team to establish a lead.
With this victory, the Oilers improved their record to 15-5-0 this season and will continue to rely heavily on their young blue line players until they get reinforcements at the back end. The team will finish three road trips with a 2-1-0 record and rest for three days before the next game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Square.
I graduated from Seneca College’s civil engineering technology course and turned my obsession with sports into a way of life. I cover the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings in The Hockey Writers, but I have been a big fan of the Maple Leafs since I was born. I like fantasy sports, collecting sports memorabilia, and when I don’t watch the Toronto Raptors, Blue Jays, or Pittsburgh Steelers games; you’ll find that I’m playing for my hockey team, playing video games, or listening Classic rock, holding a cold cup or a cup of coffee in your hand.